SAMR – Who knew? I guess I did…

Ok, so I may be a bit slow in my self reflection on this one, but I had never seen this model explained before (SAMR – The common truth). It serves as a great cornerstone to really understand from a professional viewpoint how technology is used and, more importantly, can be used in schools. After struggling through a week of students drafting, filming, and editing their Revolutionary War newscast, the article gave me a sense of validation for putting the time into the project.

My students were overjoyed at the idea of producing a newshour that featured some of our understandings of important elements of the Revolutionary War. Some of the highlights included using the green screen (How to Use Green Screen in class) to help students report “on the scene” as a reporter during the Revolutionary War.

Many questions still linger for me. Is all the work that a teacher puts into structuring this “unstructurable” type of learning worth it? How can we measure the learning that occurs through these experiences? Can a rubric really capture the teamwork and creative problem solving that takes place? And the big whammy: Is this better than a traditional classroom learning experience? Why, or why not?



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